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On the Road: California’s Pacific Coast Highway & Yosemite

From Los Angeles to San Francisco, discover rugged coastlines, Yosemite National Park, historic missions and unique art collections as you journey the legendary Pacific Coast Highway.
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Program No. 20120RJ
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11 days
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3,499
California

On the Road: California’s Pacific Coast Highway & Yosemite

From Los Angeles to San Francisco, discover rugged coastlines, Yosemite National Park, historic missions and unique art collections as you journey the legendary Pacific Coast Highway.
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11 days
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Program No. 20120 RJ
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At a Glance

Discover the dramatic beauty of the legendary Pacific Coast Highway as it winds along the California coast. Begin in the diverse cultural region of L.A. and explore ancient antiquities at the Getty Villa before traveling north to Santa Barbara, known as the “American Riviera.” Head to Yosemite to learn about its remarkable granite formations, and finish with a stop in San Francisco for a local’s look at the city.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Behold Big Sur’s rugged coastline and encounter the wonders of the ocean at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Reflect at Santa Barbara’s Mission, savor Santa Ynez wines and marvel at the palatial Hearst Castle.
  • With expert naturalists, experience waterfalls and rock formations like Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, and dine at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.

General Notes

Program includes long bus rides to each unique spot on the itinerary.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Life in a California Mission
by Jean Francois de la Perouse, Malcolm Margolin (Introduction)
A remarkable essay about the natural life and native customs of 18th-century California, written by a French explorer while his ships lay at anchor in Monterey Bay.
The Golden West, Hollywood Stories
by Daniel Fuchs
This marvelous collection of stories and essays from Sunny California, many originally appearing in The New Yorker and Commentary, capture the spirit (and personalities) of Hollywood in the heyday of the studio era.
Hearst Castle, The Biography of a Country House
by Victoria Kastner, Victoria Garagliano (Photographer), George Plimpton
An illustrated history of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst's estate at San Simeon.
National Audubon Society Field Guide to California
by Peter Alden
A compact, easy-to-use guide to 1,000 California trees, wildflowers, mammals, insects, birds and other flora and fauna.
Eyewitness Guide California
by Eyewitness Guides
A literate, visually rich guide to the Golden State, featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of California's attractions with a particular focus on San Francisco and Los Angeles.
California, A History
by Kevin Starr
A lively short history in the excellent Modern Library Chronicles series, written by a renowned historian.
My First Summer in the Sierra
by John Muir
Muir's original account of a summer in Yosemite and surrounding High Sierras, based on his youthful notebooks of the summer of 1869.
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
by Joan Didion
A classic collection of essays on the1960s cultural climate, first published in 1968. In the acclaimed title essay, Didion vividly describes the landscape, mood and culture of '60s San Francisco.
Cannery Row
by John Steinbeck
Based on memories of characters he met living in Monterey, including his good friend the marine biologist Ed Ricketts, this is Steinbeck's story of the good-natured bums, prostitutes, alcoholics and other denizens of Cannery Row.
The Golden Shore, California's Love Affair With the Sea
by David Helvarg
In this eminently readable and well-researched tribute, Helvarg, an environmental journalist and filmmaker, considers the crosscurrents of culture, history, economy and myth that come together on the state’s golden shores.
California the Beautiful
by Galen Rowell (Photographer)
Rowell's exquisite photographs are accompanied by excerpts from Joan Didion, M.F.K. Fisher, Jack London, William Saroyan and many other luminaries in this celebration of the nature and spirit of California.





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